What is Clinical Pastoral Education?

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an action/reflection process of theological education that is grounded in a person-centered approach to spiritual ministry. As a member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team, the student's educational experience involves providing pastoral care to patients, families and staff. Association for Clinical Pastoral Education standards requires a minimum of 100 hours of class time and 300 hours of clinical time each unit.

In a multi-faith peer group and in consultation with a certified chaplain supervisor, the student evaluates the effectiveness of his or her style of ministry in relation to theological perspectives, religious traditions and the needs of the persons served. Through this process the student integrates insights and skills to grow in ministry and increases his/her self-understanding.

CPE programs

Summer CPE

  • Summer stipends may be offered.
  • Summer intensive CPE is typically an 11-week unit of CPE that begins in early June and concludes mid-August. Please call contact number below for the most current information.

Extended CPE

CPE Residency

Supervisory education

  • This is a full-time program for a minimum of 12 months.
  • Prerequisite: M.Div. or equivalent, plus four units of CPE
  • Tuition: none

For more information

  • Chapels and chaplains at Wesley
  • Pastoral care and education at Wesley: (316) 962-2310 or (800) 362-0288 ext 2-2310.
  • Write to:
    Ryan Tidball, CPE Program Manager
    Department of Pastoral Care and Education
    Wesley Medical Center
    550 N. Hillside
    Wichita, KS 67214-4976
  • Email: ryan.tidball@welseymc.com
  • FAX: (316) 962-2765

Additional resources

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.

Association of Professional Chaplains

National Association of Catholic Chaplains

National Association of Jewish Chaplains